Trips Worth Taking: Waverly offers variety of tempting options

Although Waverly only has a population of roughly 10,000 people, this town has a variety of unique things to do and see. From thrifting to swimming, this town has something for everyone.


Asian Gardens:

Located on East Bremer Avenue, Asian Gardens is a restaurant that many people go to when they are craving Chinese food. Asian Gardens does not accept cards, so you may need to plan accordingly. They have daily specials, and also offer carrying out. Since Asian Garden’s is on Main Street, parking can be tricky.

Dells Diner:

Dell’s Diner, located on West Bremer Avenue, has been serving Waverly breakfast for many years. With daily specials, you can’t go wrong when placing your order. The staff is very welcoming and friendly, and Dell’s Diner is a great place to go when you’re hungry for a cheap, traditional American breakfast.


Crawdaddy Outdoors:

Located on Main Street, Crawdaddy Outdoors is home to a wide variety of outdoor equipment. You can pretty much rent anything — whether it’s a tent, kayak or snowshoes. Crawdaddy Outdoors hosts group events like snowshoeing, hiking and overnight trips. They have kayak demo days where customers can try out different types and styles of kayaks. Check out their website,, for more information.

Trinkets and Togs:

Trinkets and Togs, a local consignment store, has been a favorite of the residents of Waverly. Nestled next to Meyer Pharmacy, Trinkets and Togs is located on College Town Plaza. This is not just an average thrift store, for portions from all sales go to people with disabilities and the elderly. Trinkets and Togs has anything from clothes to cameras to cookie cutters. Items can be donated.

Things to Do:

The W

Waverly’s only full service wellness center has something in store for everyone. The W provides a rock wall, pool, raquetball courts, golf simulater and much more. Daily passes cost $5 a day if you are under 18, and $10 a day if you are over 18. If you are planning to use the pool, make sure you check the website or call ahead for the specific hours. It’s located on Wartburg’s campus, but it’s a shared facility with the community.

The Rail Trail:

Known as the bike trail, Waverly’s Rail Trail has been a staple for outdoor enthusiasts. This asphalt trail stretches 13 miles and is a day’s ride to either Readlyn or Denver, depending which direction you take. You can do just about anything on the trail except use motorized vehicles. I’ve seen people bike, rollerblade, cross country ski and run depending on the season. The trail has eight bridges, all named after different types of wildlife.

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